COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina Representative Joshua Putnam is working on a draft bill that would allow teachers to apply for a special concealed weapons permit that would allow them to carry guns at school.
Putnam represents portions of Anderson, Pickens, and Greenville Counties including Townville where a September shooting claimed the life of 6-year-old Jacob Hall and injured another student and teacher.
The special CWP would be voluntary and the bill would require principals and superintendents to vote to allow their teachers to take the class which would be taught by SLED.
The class would be created by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and would be the same sort of training given to police officers when they are trained in active shooter situations.
Teachers would only get the license if they passed the class.
The weapons would have to remain concealed and holstered on their person at all times. Kids and parents would not know who would be carrying.
The bill aims to give schools that don’t have resource officers extra protection.
The bill will be pre-filed December 15th.